"It's not what you say, it's how you say it."
I have learnt that so many times.
Out of the box
"To my utter amazement, on experiment with various 'sales pitches' to various 'client streams', I realized that what sold was not the script but the connection of excitement, the acceleration of a heart beat, the comic tone, the sudden absurd eruption in the life of another."
Lesson learnt: entertainment sells (total crap).
People will defend the undefendable if their interests are at risk.
Courtiers close to power and privilege will maintain a charade to farcical lengths.
"A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two weavers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The Emperor's ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the weavers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor suspects the assertion is true, but continues the procession."
"Journalists who have access to highly placed government and corporate sources have to keep them on their side by not reporting anything adverse about them or their organizations. Otherwise they risk losing them as sources of information. In return for this loyalty, their sources occasionally give them good stories, leaks and access to special interviews. Unofficial information, or leaks, give the impression of investigative journalism, but are often strategic manoeuvres on the part of those with position or power (Ricci 1993: 99). ‘It is a bitter irony of source journalism … that the most esteemed journalists are precisely the most servile. For it is by making themselves useful to the powerful that they gain access to the “best” sources’ (N.Chomsky quoted in Lee and Solomon 1990: 18).
Let's face facts, they mostly count for nothing...unless they are officially sanctionned.
What counts is power.
Power: "the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events."
Power is either the art of entertainment or an iron fist.
Entertaining lies have value.
Just make your crap fun!
"Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to farm and other animals” (quote from text Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars). N.Chomsky
The art of the deal
I thought for an instant of #rhizo14 and its first week's theme: "Cheating is learning."
Perhaps we need to extend this theme in our classrooms to include "Lying is knowing." ?
Perhaps we need to study navigating power structures in classrooms, gangs, mobs, tribes, institutions, corporations, nations cliques?
Perhaps we need to study celebrity, fame, rich rewards?
Perhaps we need to study the seven deadly sins, and dominant beliefs?
You can not be serious.
No of course I'm not serious!
You couldn't believe that could you?
I know you love it when I lie.